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Town eyes Donner Lake ordinance

JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Truckee Town Council will consider adoption of a Donner Lake watercraft policy tonight paralleling the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s law, with an activation trigger based on water quality tests from Donner Lake.

“The establishment of the trigger mechanism is created to ensure the safety of persona and property in the event of water supply contamination,” Town Manager Steve Wright noted in his report to council. “In effect, the trigger is pulled if the town receives written notice from either Del Oro Water Co. or the State Department of Health Services that the water supply exceeds the state minimum standards.”

The town ordinance also includes a provision for a 100-foot no boating radius around the water intake of the Del Oro Water Company water intake. It includes an exemption for motorized craft accessing docks, piers or shoreline, where access is otherwise permitted by shoreline property owners.

If the ordinance goes into effect, the launching or mooring of all two-stroke watercraft on Donner Lake will be prohibited, except:

– Any two-stroke engine powered watercraft whose fuel is directly injected into the cylinder.

– Any watercraft powered by a two-stroke engine whose fuel is injected into the crankcase, purchased before Jan. 27, 1999, shall be prohibited commencing Oct. 1, 2001.

– Any watercraft powered by a two-stroke engine whose engine is certified as meeting the U.S. EPA 2006 standard or the the CARB 2001 standard shall be exempt from the prohibition.

– Sailboats utilizing a two-stroke engine as auxiliary power shall be prohibited commencing Oct. 1, 2001.

– Any watercraft powered by a two-stroke engine rated at 10 horsepower or less shall be prohibited commencing Oct. 1, 1999.

– Any watercraft powered by an engine that has been certified as meeting EPA’s 2001-2005 emission standard shall be prohibited commencing Oct. 1, 2001.

The ordinance will only take effect if water quality tests by Del Oro Water Co. reveal that the water going into the company’s intake is not suitable to drink. If it is triggered, it will remain in effect until Oct. 15 of the year it is enacted. If a subsequent water test still shows the water quality is bad, it will remain in effect until Dec. 31. The ordinance would remain on the books and take effect if minimum state drinking water standards are not maintained.

In other business, council will consider:

– Approval of a 5 percent cost of living adjustment for town personnel for fiscal year 1999-2000.

– Adoption of a policy to pay planning commissioners $100 per month for their services.

– Adoption of the Particulate Matter Air Quality Management plan.

– A resolution approving a re-use plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

– Amendment of the Truckee Municipal Code Snow removal ordinance, to allow patrons of Tahoe Donner ski areas to park along certain streets around the ski areas when the parking lots are crowded. Affected streets would include Snowpeak Way from Northwoods to Slalom Way, Slalom Way (west side) from Northwoods to Snowpeak Way and Alder Creek Road(west side) from the Cross Country Ski Center north 200 feet.

– Award of overlay contract for the remainder of road work in Truckee this summer, with the exception of work on the west end of Donner Lake and overlay work on Jeffrey Pine Road, in the amount of $673,494.


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